In what Arsene Wenger described as “the most disappointing loss of the season”, Arsenal let a 2-0 lead slip with just ten minutes left to play in regulation and ended up losing 3-2 to Wigan this afternoon. And along with the loss went all the remaining hope Arsenal fans had in fighting for the Premiership.
With another major goalkeeper gaff from Fabianski on the second goal, it is clear that Wenger needs to strengthen his squad in a few areas. Sure, the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, and Andrey Arshavin are going nowhere, but it has been reported that the Arsenal gaffer will be given a £45m transfer budget, which apparently is more money than Carlo Ancelotti will have with Chelsea to spend.
Already believed to have secured Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh’s services on a free transfer this summer, Arsenal will finally have enough money to splash on a major signing. Chamakh’s teammate at Bordeaux Yoann Gourcuff has been rumoured to be on Wenger’s transfer list, and the French midfielder has been in scintillating form this season. Other rumoured targets on Wenger’s list are Benfica’s Angel Di Maria and David Luiz, Birmingham keeper Joe Hart, Paris Saint Germain playmaker Stéphane Sessegnon, Torino’s wonderkid Angelo Ogbonna, and then of course Mario Balotelli and Felipe Melo. £45m is not enough to buy all of these targets obviously, probably just three or four (maybe even five).
I personally feel that Arsenal were just about three world-class players away from the Premier League title this campaign, as the lack of squad depth has been shown as the club’s major weakness in the past few matches. So now that Wenger has been given money to splash, what do you think? Will Arsenal finally be an undeniable force and go on to win Premiership next season? They certainly won’t if they keep Almunia or Fabianski as their #1 goalkeeper.